A Starry Night Celebration Gala

Please join us for a celebratory evening of great community, delicious food, local beer and wine, a silent auction, and music—and enjoy the beautiful starry night.

Funds raised will go to Jefferson County Vision’s legal fund and educational efforts to stop the Rockwool industrial plant.

Seating is limited,
Please respond by March 30

Event schedule:
7 – 9 pm
Reception featuring heavy hors d’ouevres and table tastings
with Breaux wine pairings, local artisan beer, and silent auction

9 – 11 pm
Music and dancing by Black Tie Entertainment and
The Woodshedders

We are looking forward to this celebratory evening under the stars
and hope to see you there!
Cocktail Attire
Gala Co-chairs: Jennifer Breaux and Marie Uehling

VIP table reservations information available

For questions or details contact Marie Uehling at
muehling@jeffersoncountyvision.com
703-407-0183

JCV/CCAR Tax Status: 501(c)(4)
Contributions are nondeductible.

Jefferson County Vision Night at the Theater

CCAR/JCV NIGHT AT THE THEATER
:February 16th – SEATS STILL AVAILABLE
SHOW TIME 7:00 PM

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
By Henrik Ibsen
Director Laura Richards Bakin
Dr. Stockmann attempts to expose a water pollution scandal in his home town which is about to establish itself as a spa, only to be reviled as ‘an enemy of the people’. Ibsen’s explosive play reveals his distrust of politicians and the blindly held beliefs of the masses. This stirring drama is about one man’s lonely struggle against government corruption, false news, and corporate greed.

“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.”

PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY $25 Per Ticket
CLICK HERE for JCV NIGHT TICKETS: https://smtx.co/2D9fETe

The Black Box Arts Center – Shepherdstown
6:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Performance
9:30 pm (ish) Coffee Hour with the Cast
We will explore the similarities on this theatrical journey with our own battles here in Jefferson County.

Hope you will join us for a great evening supporting both our cause and our community!

RECEPTION SPONSORS
Grape and Grains
Community Market
Town Run
Blue moon
Domestic
Devonshire
Lellybelle
Heritage Smoked Meats
Maria’s Taqueria
Flower Haus
Carol Sanders
The Black Box

Volunteer Coordinators: Jan Hafer, Karen Glennon, Whitney Faler, Laura Bakin, Megan Hartlove

Note: Reception and coffee fare is sponsored and $10 per ticket sale is returned to the house, all remaining proceeds of the evening will be given to the JCV Legal Funds. If you would like to help sponsor reception items please let us know as soon as possible. Tickets for this event MUST be purchased via the provided link.

Drinking Water Discussion

Concerns over Rockwool’s threats to drinking water are growing. The Harpers Ferry Water Commission will address this issue at a public meeting on Wednesday November 14, 7 pm, at the Harpers Ferry Town Hall. This event is hosted by the Harper’s Ferry Water Commission.

Dr. Nathaniel (Than) Hitt will present a summary of the research regarding risks to municipal water and well-water.

JCDA Meeting

Not sure why the regularly scheduled meeting was changed from the 20th to the 7th, but we WILL be there!

JCDA meeting
Wednesday, 11/7
1 pm

We need a HUGE showing at this meeting. Rally outside at 12!!

Public comment on Rockwool and the water bond will occurs during the meeting, NOT at the beginning of the meeting. https://www.jcda.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/November-7-2018-Meeting-Agenda-1.pdf

We need 10 JCDA members to vote against the water bond.

Please write to each member and urge them to vote against this bond based on our opposition in addition to the recent examples of intimidation and unethical practices by the JCDA leadership.

Please know that Tabb, Yuhasz, McLaughlin and Roberts all voted NO on the last reading of the bond, please THANK them, and ask them to vote NO again!

Here is a list of the members of the JCDA.

Eric Lewis, President, Ours, Lawyer, Lewis & Company, PLLC
ejlewis51@gmail.com

Mike Chapman, Vice President, Royal Vendors

Harry Wilkins, Secretary/Treasurer, American Public University

Annette Gavin Bates, Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau
annette.gavin@jccvb.com

Andy Blake, City of Ranson
ablake@cityofransonwv.net

Daniel Casto, Atwill, Troxell & Leigh, P.C.
dcasto@atandlpc.com

Daryl Hennessy, City of Charles Town
dhennessy@charlestownwv.us

Gary Kable, Jefferson County Board of Education Liaison ( does NOT vote on Water bond )
garykable40@gmail.com

Ben Martz, Shepherd University
bmartz@shepherd.edu

Neil McLaughlin, WVU Healthcare

Howard Mills, Town of Shepherdstown
Hgmills@citlink.net

Peter Onoszko, Jefferson County Commission
ponoszko@aol.com

Tony Roberts, Long and Foster Real Estate
tonyrobertsrealtor@gmail.com

Jim Ruland, RAI Properties, Inc.
(304) 728-6225

Michael Shepp, Retired
RMichaelshepp@aol.com

Steve Stolipher, Jefferson County Planning Commission
steve.stolipher@oakcrestcommercial.com

Lyle Tabb, Lyle C. Tabb and Sons, Inc.
lyletabb@hotmail.com

Karan Townsend, Town of Harpers Ferry
karantownsend@gmail.com

Laura Whittington, Town of Bolivar
bolivarwv@gmail.com

Julia Yuhasz, Hospice of the Panhandle
jyuhasz@hospiceotp.org

Jefferson County Development Authority Information:

Here are list of employees of JCDA

Nic Diehl : nic@jcda.net

Lyn Goodwin: lyngoodwin@jcda.net

Jane Jones : janejones@jcda.net

Matthew Coffey : matthew.m.coffey@wv.gov

Elizabeth Wheeler : farmlandprotection@jcda.net

You can send regular mail to the JCDA members at address below:

1948 Wiltshire Rd. Suite 4
Kearneysville, WV
25430

JCV Voter Education Drive

It’s Time to Get Out the Vote! Are you Concerned Enough About Rockwool to Help? Read what two people in your community who have talked to their neighbors think about canvassing.

More Information Available:

Election Information

Did you know the best way to get information to people and get them to vote is to talk to them at their homes? Not TV ads, not by mail, and not by using Facebook and other social media. Research studies have made this clear. In the past weeks volunteers – your neighbors – who want to stop Rockwool have taken a few hours of their time and done just that.

Most of us have never done anything like this before. To many of us it sounds like an unpleasant thing to do. But won’t it be very, very unpleasant to have over a million pounds of pollutants spewing into the air we breathe every year for years and years and years? Canvassing – just talking to your neighbors – is actually a positive, empowering experience because you are doing something that works!

Here are what two volunteers – who have never canvassed before – have to say about the experience:

I’ve canvassed two Saturdays to get out the vote in support of local candidates opposed to the Rockwool plant. I had very positive experiences each time I went. Before knocking on doors, I was concerned I would not be able to answer peoples’ questions in detail about pollution levels, tax benefits for Rockwool, how we could stop Rockwool at this late date regarding the upcoming votes on sewer and water lines, and other specifics. I quickly discovered I did not have to be an expert to share key pieces of information with people — the fact sheets and script in our packets were detailed and comprehensive and provided all the information I needed. In addition, the system for canvassing in pairs, enabled each individual in the pair to provide information and fill in where the other person may not have had the answers. The checklist flier indicating how the candidates stood on Rockwool is a valued piece of information – homeowners seemed really pleased to receive this item to take with them into the voting booth. In addition, I felt I was helping to convince people of the importance of voting on this issue – a far cry from feeling frustrated and helpless before I canvassed. Direct contact with people is essential, I believe, and our concern and determination to oppose Rockwool really is communicated best in conversation with our fellow community members. Lynne Fry
Dear friends and neighbors, we are all concerned about the Rockwool monstrosity that the Jefferson County Commission and the Jefferson County Development Authority has forced upon us. I have always had my personal views on politics and would vote accordingly. But I never acted on what I believe. Recently I have been so angered by the situation in Jefferson County that I decided to become a volunteer canvasser for JCV and CCAR. I felt it was extremely important to reach out to my community and make sure it knows about the toxic heavy industrial factory being proposed to be built so near to our schools. I have provided voting information to my neighbors that will hopefully help all of us remove from office those who will not clearly oppose Rockwool. I am asking the members of CCAR to to volunteer and join me as a canvasser. Help JCV and CCAR get the word out to our community and let our friends know that their vote counts. A little bit of your time make a tremendous difference. Thanks, Tony DiLima.
Come this Saturday at 10 AM to Panera Bread in Ranson and join us as together we make a difference! Come by yourself or bring some friends. Make this a Saturday where you did something important.

We have expert canvassers who provide a brief training on how to canvass effectively. We have an app that lets you use your smart phone to efficiently target homes with registered voters. We have well-designed materials that clearly show voters, in a non-partisan way, where candidates stand and what are the dangers if the huge, toxic Rockwool plant is built. Canvassing is done as a two-person team, and less experienced canvassers can choose to team up with someone with more experience. Those of you who do not have smart phones will be teamed with someone who does.

Bruce Fry, Team Leader, Voter Information

Helpful Volunteer Tips
Bring a smart phone, water, snacks, and wear your walking shoes.
Plan to use your own car to get around. Stay as long as you want.
Training and Materials Provided

More Information Available:

Election Information

Printable Voters Guide:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=19dNveqsOmmKoFN_ZOsgaJFj2-tb1b_ev

JCV Voter Education Drive

It’s Time to Get Out the Vote! Are you Concerned Enough About Rockwool to Help? Read what two people in your community who have talked to their neighbors think about canvassing.

More Information Available:

Election Information

Did you know the best way to get information to people and get them to vote is to talk to them at their homes? Not TV ads, not by mail, and not by using Facebook and other social media. Research studies have made this clear. In the past weeks volunteers – your neighbors – who want to stop Rockwool have taken a few hours of their time and done just that.

Most of us have never done anything like this before. To many of us it sounds like an unpleasant thing to do. But won’t it be very, very unpleasant to have over a million pounds of pollutants spewing into the air we breathe every year for years and years and years? Canvassing – just talking to your neighbors – is actually a positive, empowering experience because you are doing something that works!

Here are what two volunteers – who have never canvassed before – have to say about the experience:

I’ve canvassed two Saturdays to get out the vote in support of local candidates opposed to the Rockwool plant. I had very positive experiences each time I went. Before knocking on doors, I was concerned I would not be able to answer peoples’ questions in detail about pollution levels, tax benefits for Rockwool, how we could stop Rockwool at this late date regarding the upcoming votes on sewer and water lines, and other specifics. I quickly discovered I did not have to be an expert to share key pieces of information with people — the fact sheets and script in our packets were detailed and comprehensive and provided all the information I needed. In addition, the system for canvassing in pairs, enabled each individual in the pair to provide information and fill in where the other person may not have had the answers. The checklist flier indicating how the candidates stood on Rockwool is a valued piece of information – homeowners seemed really pleased to receive this item to take with them into the voting booth. In addition, I felt I was helping to convince people of the importance of voting on this issue – a far cry from feeling frustrated and helpless before I canvassed. Direct contact with people is essential, I believe, and our concern and determination to oppose Rockwool really is communicated best in conversation with our fellow community members. Lynne Fry
Dear friends and neighbors, we are all concerned about the Rockwool monstrosity that the Jefferson County Commission and the Jefferson County Development Authority has forced upon us. I have always had my personal views on politics and would vote accordingly. But I never acted on what I believe. Recently I have been so angered by the situation in Jefferson County that I decided to become a volunteer canvasser for JCV and CCAR. I felt it was extremely important to reach out to my community and make sure it knows about the toxic heavy industrial factory being proposed to be built so near to our schools. I have provided voting information to my neighbors that will hopefully help all of us remove from office those who will not clearly oppose Rockwool. I am asking the members of CCAR to to volunteer and join me as a canvasser. Help JCV and CCAR get the word out to our community and let our friends know that their vote counts. A little bit of your time make a tremendous difference. Thanks, Tony DiLima.
Come this Saturday at 10 AM to Panera Bread in Ranson and join us as together we make a difference! Come by yourself or bring some friends. Make this a Saturday where you did something important.

We have expert canvassers who provide a brief training on how to canvass effectively. We have an app that lets you use your smart phone to efficiently target homes with registered voters. We have well-designed materials that clearly show voters, in a non-partisan way, where candidates stand and what are the dangers if the huge, toxic Rockwool plant is built. Canvassing is done as a two-person team, and less experienced canvassers can choose to team up with someone with more experience. Those of you who do not have smart phones will be teamed with someone who does.

Bruce Fry, Team Leader, Voter Information

Helpful Volunteer Tips
Bring a smart phone, water, snacks, and wear your walking shoes.
Plan to use your own car to get around. Stay as long as you want.
Training and Materials Provided

More Information Available:

Election Information

Printable Voters Guide:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=19dNveqsOmmKoFN_ZOsgaJFj2-tb1b_ev

Mountaineer Gas Pipeline Hearing

A Public Service Commission hearing on the proposed Mountaineer Pipeline will be held on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30pm at Shepherd University Storer Ballroom (3rd floor of the Student Center), 201 N.King St., Shepherdstown, WV

WE WANT TO FILL THE 350 SEATS in the Ballroom! Please show up and let the PSC know that Jefferson County does NOT want or need this pipeline!

We will gather at the Wall at the corner of King and German Streets in Shepherdstown at 5pm. Then we will march to the Midway, the lawn next to the Shepherd University Student Center (210 N. King Street). The rally will begin around 5:20pm. We will have some signs, but please bring one if you have one.

Speakers at the rally will be Patricia Kesecker, Brent Walls, Mary Mattlage, Madison Hale and Shaun Amos and myself.

The Public Service Commission hearing will begin at 6:30pm in the Storer Ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Student Center. The Ballroom is ADA accessible.

Please be there early- at least by 6:15- if you would like to sign up to make public comments to the Commission. Each person will get 2-4 minutes, depending on how many sign up.

We may park on campus after 4:30pm. If you park on the street in town, please know that the meters are in effect until 6pm.

I encourage everyone to make public comments. Residents of all states may comment, not just West Virginians. Some issues you may want to cover are:

· Rockwool is the only known customer in Jefferson county

· Impact of Karst geology on pipelines

· Recent pipeline explosions

· Use of Eminent domain for pipeline

· Proximity of pipeline to homes

· Most of gas comes from fracking

· Methane’s effect on Climate Change

· The Route 9 Bike Path

· The use of Round-up herbicide on pipeline easements

· Understaffed WV DEP

The forecast is sunny with a high of 52 degrees. So please dress warmly for the rally.

If you are not able to make it to the hearing, or are not comfortable with public speaking, you may send comments to the executive secretary of the PSC, Ingrid Ferrell at the email address below. No deadline for comments has been announced.

iferrell@psc.state.wv.us

Jefferson County Commission Meeting

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Jefferson County Commission will be held On Thursday, 10/18, at 6 pm in the basement of the Charles Town Library (Samuel St. entrance is easiest).

Rockwool is primarily during New Business:
8. Water and Sewer Service to Rockwool and Related Items – Discussion/Action (JC)
9. Discussion on an Ordinance to prohibit forced participation in public water and sewer system – Discussion/Action (PO)
10. Discuss the Jefferson County Board of Education representative to the Jefferson County Board of Education – Discussion/Action
11. Discuss Land Use Amendment to account for potential impact on roads – Discussion/Action (JC)

Please see agenda for details http://www.jeffersoncountywv.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15899

Please sign up to speak or contact the Commissioners in advance of the meeting with your concerns!

Jane Tabb, Middleway District vinemont.farm@gmail.com

Patsy Noland, Kabletown District commissionerpnoland@gmail.com

Josh Compton, President and Charles Town District
jjcompton05@gmail.com

Caleb Wayne Hudson, Vice President and Shepherdstown District calebhudsonforjeffersonwv@gmail.com

Peter Onoszko, Harpers Ferry District ponoszko@aol.com

Jefferson County Development Authority Meeting

There will be NO vote in the water bond at this meeting (?), however, there will be a discussion of the water bond litigation AND a presentation by Rockwool.

We need a HUGE showing at this meeting. Rally outside at 2 pm!
Hi

We need 10 JCDA members to vote against the water bond.

Please know that Tabb, Yuhasz, McLaughlin and Roberts all voted NO on the last reading of the bond, please THANK them, and ask them to vote NO again!

Here is a list of the members of the JCDA

Eric Lewis, President, Ours, Lawyer, Lewis & Company, PLLC
ejlewis51@gmail.com

Mike Chapman, Vice President, Royal Vendors

Harry Wilkins, Secretary/Treasurer, American Public University

Annette Gavin Bates, Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau
annette.gavin@jccvb.com

Andy Blake, City of Ranson
ablake@cityofransonwv.net

Daniel Casto, Atwill, Troxell & Leigh, P.C.
dcasto@atandlpc.com

Daryl Hennessy, City of Charles Town
dhennessy@charlestownwv.us

Gary Kable, Jefferson County Board of Education Liaison ( does NOT vote on Water bond )
garykable40@gmail.com

Ben Martz, Shepherd University
bmartz@shepherd.edu

Neil McLaughlin, WVU Healthcare

Howard Mills, Town of Shepherdstown
Hgmills@citlink.net

Peter Onoszko, Jefferson County Commission
ponoszko@aol.com

Tony Roberts, Long and Foster Real Estate
tonyrobertsrealtor@gmail.com

Jim Ruland, RAI Properties, Inc.
(304) 728-6225

Michael Shepp, Retired
RMichaelshepp@aol.com

Steve Stolipher, Jefferson County Planning Commission
steve.stolipher@oakcrestcommercial.com

Lyle Tabb, Lyle C. Tabb and Sons, Inc.
lyletabb@hotmail.com

Karan Townsend, Town of Harpers Ferry
karantownsend@gmail.com

Laura Whittington, Town of Bolivar
bolivarwv@gmail.com

Julia Yuhasz, Hospice of the Panhandle
jyuhasz@hospiceotp.org

Jefferson County Development Authority Information:

Here are list of employees of JCDA

Nic Diehl : nic@jcda.net

Lyn Goodwin: lyngoodwin@jcda.net

Jane Jones : janejones@jcda.net

Matthew Coffey : matthew.m.coffey@wv.gov

Elizabeth Wheeler : farmlandprotection@jcda.net

You can send regular mail to the JCDA members at address below:

1948 Wiltshire Rd. Suite 4
Kearneysville, WV
25430

Charles Town City Council Meeting

The Charles Town City Council will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, 10/15, at 7 pm. Rally at 6:30. Please arrive early if you would like to sign up to speak.

Agenda will be posted here when available.

We’ve made headway with the CT City Council, but we need to contact them to instruct their JCDA rep to vote “no” on the third reading of the water bond in October and to stop the approval and/or funding of any infrastructure requirements for the facility.

Charles Town City Council
Scott Rogers
srogers@charlestownwv.us
Michael Tolbert
mtolbert@charlestownwv.us
Chet Hines
chines@charlestownwv.us
Mike Brittingham
Mbrittingham@charlestownwv.us
Nick Zaglifa
nzaglifa@charlestownwv.us
Ann Paonessa
apaonessa@charlestownwv.us